Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton has admitted that he is unsure as to whether Kurt Zouma would be a good addition for the north London side.
His comments come after RMC Sport reported earlier in the week that the French international was one of several names that Jose Mourinho has given to the Spurs board ahead of the summer transfer window.
It seems that Zouma is something of a favourite of Mourinho’s. Indeed, the Portuguese was the manager who initially brought him to the Premier League when he signed him for Chelsea back in 2014 from St Etienne (BBC Sport) and he went on record to heap praise on him prior to the start of the 19/20 season (Sky Sports).
He is clearly someone the Tottenham manager rates highly and Hutton believes that his seemingly strong relationship with the defender could be a big reason as to why he would like to take him to north London in the summer window. However, the Scot also admitted that he isn’t convinced the centre-back is the answer.
“I think that’s what it is, he knows him, he brought him to Chelsea so he obviously likes him as a player and knows what he’s capable of,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“It’s a position I think Tottenham need to strengthen. Is he the answer? I don’t know, is my opinion. He can be very up and down, he can be brilliant one minute but then the next minute a little bit sloppy.
“The way Tottenham have been over the last season, they’ve shipped a lot of goals so they’re really going to have to work had to try and tighten that up. He’ll be an option they’re looking at but I’m pretty sure there will be other options also.”
It is easy to see where Hutton is coming from here. Tottenham will almost certainly need to sign a centre-back in the upcoming transfer window given Jan Vertonghen’s contract is set to expire, whilst Juan Foyth’s future at the club is in doubt.
However, Zouma may not be the right man to fill the void as he is a very inconsistent defender. Indeed, this season he averages an impressive four clearances and 1.9 interceptions per game, but that is combined with losing possession 9.8 times. Added to that, he has also made two errors leading to a shot and has given away one penalty (SofaScore).
Spurs haven’t been convincing at the back this term, conceding 40 goals in 29 games in the Premier League (BBC Sport). This needs addressing, but based on his stats, Zouma may not be the composed defender they are looking for.
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